There is a lady I used to work with and when she retired I wrote in her card “How blessed am I to have known someone that makes saying goodbye so hard?” She hugged me and cried and told me she wasn’t used to receiving such compliments. This saddened me, and I’ve made it a point ever since then to compliment people when I notice something that stands out about them. I try my best to compliment people’s writing. I know as a writer how good that feels when someone says “You’re a really good writer.” My Amanda told me I was phenomenal, and it moved me to tears. I don’t think anyone has ever said anything I’ve done is phenomenal! I compliment my colleagues, my family and friends, and complete strangers! I tell people all of the time that I love their eyes, or smile, or laugh.
I’m not the boss, but I am second in command, and when my colleagues go above and beyond, I tell them I notice their efforts. I buy them gift cards or their favorite candy, I’ve made them cupcakes and cookies, and I’m not trying to brag, I’m trying to stress the importance of bringing people up. The world is full of bullies and mean people and I think it’s important show appreciation and give a nice compliment once in a while.
What’s the best compliment someone can receive?
- “I love how you view the world.” There’s a Christopher Poindexter quote about this, and he says it’s as if someone is saying your eyes are art. I just love that!! I’d melt into a puddle if someone said that to me. Gahh!
Love & life lessons,